Jon Dolan for Rolling Stone was complimentary of Rihanna's execution of the song, writing that she performs it "within an inch of its life" and "pleads at the piano." Smokey Fontaine for The Huffington Post also praised "Stay", placing emphasis on Rihanna's vocal performance.He wrote that "Three years ago, no one would have paid attention to a beautiful piano-ballad like 'Stay.' Not because of the events we all witnessed, but because of how honest and emotionally-connected her vocals are." Lewis Corner for Digital Spy awarded "Stay" four out of five stars, commenting that Rihanna "doesn't need all the controversial romp to top the charts." Corner also compared "Stay" to the work of "some of 2012's most successful female balladeers" Emeli Sandé and Lana Del Rey and concluded by stating that Rihanna "never [follows] the pack" but "[airs] her seemingly complex emotions through music's current trend." The song garnered a mixed review from Genevieve Koski for The A. Club, writing that the album is "heavy on the sort of milquetoast ballads that have never been Rihanna's specialty" with regard to "Stay" and "What Now".Brown has spoken about the assault before, and not surprisingly, his side of the story always just makes everyone hate him more.
Critics likened the vulnerability and raw emotion in the video to the song itself.
Rihanna premiered "Stay" on Saturday Night Live in the United States, while she performed the song in the United Kingdom on the ninth series of The X Factor.
In her interview, Rihanna talks about Fenty, she dishes about what she'll be like as a mother, and even almost addresses her relationship with Hassan Jameel.
While there have been some unkind pregnancy rumors about Rihanna in recent months, this beautiful and talented singer and actress might bring some truth to them in the future.
On Thursday morning, a 26-year old man was arrested by police on "possible burglary" after he was found inside of Rihanna's Los Angeles home.